Ransomware Attacks on the Rise
Fred-E-Scene will feature articles related to technology and business from time-to-time. This week’s guest blogger is Andrew Brewer from CMS Consulting Inc. to discuss Ransomware.
With the increase in numbers of cyber-attacks on businesses in the past few years, Fredericton-based IT firm, CMS Consulting Inc., President Andrew Brewer wanted business owners to understand the importance of mitigating the danger before it happens. The advent of the ‘Wannacry‘ Ransomware attack prompted the security specialist to reach out to public and private sector organizations with this advice.
“The answer is simply to not wait for something terrible to happen before taking action. Start now. If you have been affected then request a incident response team right away. I own this company and I have worked a long time for it to get where it is today. If a cyber attack destroyed all these years hard work, I would be devastated.”
Andrew Brewer, President CMS Consulting Inc.
In order to properly deal with ransomware or any cyber attack you must be prepared. Reacting to this type of event can be disastrously expensive, in the event that an organization is caught off-guard. CMS Consulting, Inc. a Canadian based cyber security company, is no stranger to the nefarious activity perpetrated by cyber criminals. More and more companies and governments are paying a heavy toll for putting off the crucial preparation for adapting to this new cyber world. Ransomware is only the latest installment of this unfortunate story of criminal destruction, theft which is teaching unprepared or unaware management teams, the hard way, that cyber security sales people are not fear mongers; instead, they are, informed and concerned people trying to help them from making career ending or worse mistakes. They know the threat is pervasive and, more often than not, they get pushed off until the next quarter because ignorance is bliss. Well that is true, of course, until it isn’t anymore.
CMS Consulting has been working on this since last decade, making it one of oldest companies offering these services. Over that time it has developed a program to mature organizations cyber security preparedness level. This program does mean an ongoing commitment to cyber security. It takes time and there is no quick fix. The sooner you start the sooner you can get new and important realities working for you like cyber insurance. They won’t touch you if you don’t do your part.
The biggest problem with the efficiency gains from the ubiquitousness of technology in organizations is the complexity and vulnerability it brings to the organization. The easiest way to mitigate this risk is to keep up with it. Hiring a company like CMS Consulting to manage the security aspects of technology is only the first step but not the last. The organization needs senior management buy-in and support to ensure that something like clicking a malware link in an email by non-technical staff does not happen. Employee awareness training and ongoing validation that the message is sinking in is a necessity.
Information management systems complement technical monitoring and scanning. Disaster recovery and business continuity planning has to be a part of this program to ensure, in the worst case, things don’t grind to a terrible halt. If you can’t afford a full time CISO, companies like CMS Consulting hire them on a part time basis to guide you in the right direction, even if, at a slower and more financially feasible pace.
What to do about ransomware? The answer is simply to not wait for something terrible to happen before taking action. Start now. If you have been affected then request a incident response team right away. I own this company and I have worked a long time for it to get where it is today. If a cyber attack destroyed all these years hard work, I would be devastated. I’ve recently read news reports that suggest many of you could be exposed to this current event even if you are still unaware.
CMS Consulting President
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